Wall Street Journal -
By STEPHANIE GLEASON Fuller Brush Co., a faded business icon known for its army of door-to-door salespeople and the mark it left on popular culture, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, five years after its takeover by private-equity firm Buckingham ...
It's bad for the economy and it's bad for the salespeople.
We had a Fuller Brush person come by when I was a little girl (before I went to school).
And, a couple of years later, I saw Lucille Ball in The Fuller Brush Girl on TV.
I Love Lucy meant Lucille Ball's movies were always on TV. (Except Mame which hadn't been made and would bomb when it was.) And The Fuller Brush Girl was a comedy from 1950.
Lucy loses her job at the beginning of the film (she has a meltdown at the switch board) and her best friend talks her into being a Fuller Brush Girl and it's independence and so much more for Lucy. So that was a positive view of sales women and it was Lucy so that added to it.
And when I heard about Fuller Brush filing for Chapter 11 today, I was, first of all surprised. Didn't know they were still around. Second, I immediately thought of Lucille Ball's movie.
Everything keeps closing down. But they want us to believe that the economy is better. Dell and Hewlett Packard are both in trouble in the news cycle, but they want us to believe the economy is better.
The recovery still hasn't started.
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